Bethany Beach Gardens

Together red geraniums and blue ageratum plants look electric. (Kathy Hudson / September 12, 2011)

We were at the beach over the weekend. The well-tended gardens and containers at Bethany Beach shone brilliantly with color. What a difference they make to visitors coming into the commercial district.

Every year the median of Garfield Parkway is meticulously planted with annuals. We’ve watched the woman who designs the area plant in spring. This weekend I wished I’d seen her to congratulate her on this year’s color combinations and plant selections.
 
I’d also be curious to know about the partnership between Bethany Beach and Périers, France mentioned on a nearby sign.  I’m wondering if town officials meant  “twinned” or “twined” on that sign by the gardens. They do remind me, in their riot of colors, of gardens I saw earlier in the summer at Monet’s home and the Museum of Impressionism in Giverny.
 

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Because it was the Sept. 11 weekend, when I read the word “twinned” on the sign, I couldn’t help but think of the twin towers. Like the new trees that have been planted at Ground Zero, these colorful annuals in Bethany brighten and give hope.